March 22, 2023
Even if you haven't heard of NewJeans yet, there's a good chance you'll soon be humming along to their infectious tunes. The Korean pop group is quickly gaining international attention and breaking..Read more
March 31, 2023
Even if you don’t know who Max Martin is, you’ve definitely heard his songs. Hit-pop songs are kind of his thing after all. Martin first stepped into the music world in 1985 as a frontman for....Read more
March 18, 2023
The Filipino-Canadian duo from Vancouver has been releasing new tracks left and right, and they are known for their most streamed songs on Spotify, “Timezones,” and “Silver Skies.” Previously .......Read more
March 17, 2023
The singer, songwriter, and actress Miley Cyrus has recently released a record-breaking song called “Flowers” in January 2023. This song recites her 10-year long relationship with her ex-husband....Read more
March 4, 2023
Men I Trust is a Canadian indie pop band known for their dreamy and mellow sound. Their music is laid back, incorporating elements of funk, disco, and R&B to create a smooth and groovy vibe that isRead more
March 3, 2023
Artists like Kaytranada have proved that you don’t need access to a professional recording studio to create well-produced music. As technology and social media have advanced, it is now easier than eveRead more
February 25, 2023
People draw inspiration from others when forming their ideas, it’s a fact of life. Sampling in music is no exception - and artists do it for a variety of reasons. Traditionally, copyright laws andRead more
February 23, 2023
Tobias Jesso Jr. You may know his name from his 2015 solo album Goon. Or maybe from his work on various popular songs, such as “When We Were Young” by Adele and “Alive” by Sia. Or even from his receRead more
February 23, 2023
HBO’s The Last of Us is arguably the hottest show out right now, receiving near universal acclaim from viewers and critics alike. This holds especially true for episode three: “Long, Long Time”.Read more
February 21, 2023
Folk singer. Songwriter. Canadian. Polyglot. All of these titles belong to Gina Lam, also known by her stage name Ginalina. In November 2022, she released her latest album titled Going Back: RemembeRead more
February 21, 2023
Rihanna is an illustrious artist. She is among the best selling female artists of all time, and was one of the greatest hitmakers of the 2000s and 2010s. She has since grown to become the richest...Read more
February 20, 2023
Streaming is now the driving force of the music industry, making up 84% of the industry revenue in the U.S. While streaming is much more convenient for listeners, many artists argue that it is near imRead more
Over the past few years, TikTok’s popularity has significantly increased resulting in 1 billion global daily users by early 2022. The app has also become extremely influential in the current music industry. It is well known that songs trending on TikTok often end up ranking on the Billboard 100 or Spotify Viral 50. This prominent pattern of TikTok fame leading to industry success has allowed tracks like Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Drivers License by Oliva Rodrigo to become viral sensations on TikTok before placing on the Billboard 100.
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has recognized the app’s profound impact on music marketing, distribution, and consumption. Consequently, ByteDance has filed patents for “TikTok Music”, an interactive music streaming app that will allow users to purchase, play, share, and download music. Additionally, users can create and recommend playlists, comment on music, and even share lyrics.
According to a study conducted by the music analytics company, MRC Data, 67% of TikTok users are more likely to seek out songs on music streaming services after hearing them on TikTok. Moreover, a UK-based investor reported that songs popular on TikTok drive additional views on YouTube and streaming platforms. Thus, TikTok Music has the potential to compete with music streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music.
As a result, TikTok has quickly become the go-to promotional tool for artists. Marketers often hire influencers to create posts or set up private listening parties with influencers to help popularize a song. Given the essential role of TikTok in a song’s success, it is possible that TikTok Music, with close ties to TikTok, could reshape the music streaming industry.
Music creators and producers will be able to leverage TikTok Music’s interactive functions to further promote their work. This will potentially allow smaller creators to better market their songs and compete with larger record labels. TikTok Music may prove to be a very useful music distribution platform for new-and-upcoming creators that are looking to build a fanbase with minimum marketing costs. Given TikTok’s ability to launch regular people into fame overnight, it is possible that TikTok Music may have similar effects on small creators, allowing them to obtain large followings in short periods of time.